How to Pray For Your Children

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It’s difficult to overstate the importance of prayer in raising children for the Lord.
If you only were able to do one thing–just one thing–as a parent, this would be the one thing you should do: pray for your child.

“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
Matthew 21:22

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
Matthew 18:20

Two parents, or two grandparents, or two friends…qualify as “two or three” gathered.

When my children were small, I received a list of suggested prayers for my children, with Scriptures, and I used that list, and prayed those prayers for years.  I don’t know what happened to the list–probably dog-eared and worn out from use, but a friend gave me this list, and I think it’s the same one! (Thanks so much, Holly!)

Dane Growing Up:

At my monthly Moms Morning Out Brunch here on Saturday, I read this list and also the Daily Marriage Checklist which is free for download from At the Well, by going to their Facebook site for the online marriage seminar they’re hosting called Replenish Your Soul!  (If you have not signed up for this online marriage conference yet, which will be held November 1-3, make sure you do! It’s only $10! And it’s going to be great! Check out the info while you’re there!)

Here is the list of prayers that I prayed for my children while they were growing up.

Kelsey Growing Up:

How to Pray for Your Children

1. That they will know Christ as Savior early in life. (Psalm 63:1, 2 Timothy 3:15)

2. That they will have a hatred for sin. (Psalm 97:10)

3. That they will be caught when guilty. (Psalm 119:71)

4. That they will be protected from the Evil One in each area of their lives: spiritual, emotional, physical. (John 17:15)

5. That they will have a responsible attitude in all their interpersonal relationships. (Daniel 6:3)

6. That they will respect those in authority over them. (Romans 13:1)

7. That they will desire the right kind of friends and be protected from the wrong friends. (Proverbs 1:10-11)

8. That they will be protected from the wrong mate and saved for the right one. (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)

9. That they, as well as those they will marry, will be kept pure until marriage. (1 Corinthians 6:18-20)

10. That they will learn to totally submit to God and actually resist Satan in all circumstances. (James 4:7)

11. That they will be single-hearted, willing to be sold out to Jesus Christ.  (Romans 12:1-2)

12. That they will be hedged in so they cannot find their way to wrong people or wrong places and that the wrong people cannot find their way to them. (Hosea 2:6)

When I think of how faithful God has been to honor and answer these prayers for my children, my heart about bursts inside with emotion and gratitude.  God is so good.

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9 Replies to “How to Pray For Your Children”

  1. this was very helpful ….I’m so Thankful to have found this blog . Look at God!!!!

  2. So true, Wendy! And sometimes it’s our *grown* children who need the most prayer! I continue to pray over and for and because of my adult sons. And yes, God has been faithful in their lives.

    I loved your prayer list. I think that many of those things continue to be on a mom’s heart her whole life. For instance, I KNOW my mom still prays #4, #10, and #11 for me every day.

    A mother’s heart is close to God’s – and He uses her prayer to intercede in the lives of her children. Praise Him for His faithfulness through the generations.


    1. Definitely! You said exactly what I said elsewhere, actually they need our prayers more after they’re grown. When they’re little you get worn out all over, but when they’re big your knees should get the most wear:)

      You’re blessed to have a mom still praying so earnestly all your life! May I be such a mom.

  3. Hi Patty!
    Prayer is so powerful, yet so overlooked and under-appreciated. It has another powerful plus going for it: we grow closer to our Heavenly Father through it:)

  4. I agree! We cannot pray enough for our husbands and children. Wonderful post as a mid-week reminder. Thank you!

    (visiting from Raising Homemakers’ Homemaking Link-Up)

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